GALLIPOLIS —A Gallipolis man has been arrested after the discovery of an alleged meth lab, according to Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin.
Levi Coughenour, 25, has been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a felony of the second degree.
According to a press release sent out Tuesday night from Champlin, Gallia County Deputies following up on a tip of drug activity discovered an alleged, active methamphetamine lab at a residence located at 1974 State Route 141. Once the alleged lab was discovered, deputies secured the scene and notified local meth lab technicians from the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office and the Gallipolis City Police Department to neutralize and dispose of the alleged lab. Also responding to the scene was the Gallia County Emergency Medical Service and the Gallipolis City Fire Department.
Coughenour was arrested at the residence.
“Once Mr. Coughenour was booked into the Gallia County Jail, it was determined that he had concealed a substance in a body cavity that we believe is methamphetamine,” stated Champlin. “We are consulting with Gallia County Prosecutor Jason Holdren on the possibility of additional charges relating to the conveyance of drugs into a detention facility. Our deputies have been working around the clock, following up on tips from the public. I can’t thank the public and our deputies enough for what they are doing here in Gallia County. All I can say is keep the tips coming. Without the support of our community, none of this would be possible.”